The Democratic candidate who won 42 percent of the vote against President Obama in the Arkansas primary stumbled this week in the Texas primary, but says his campaign will continue until the party’s national convention in September.
“We are continuing forward,” candidate and Tennessee lawyer John Wolfe Jr. said Saturday. “We haven’t been asked to drop out, and the thought hasn’t even crossed my mind.”
Wolf received just 29,696 votes in Texas, but the primary was a four-man contest that included a sitting president.
Six primaries remain before the party’s national convention in September. But Wolfe is on the ballot only in Montana, in part because he already has some ground support -- or “a few guys up there who have helped me before,” he said.
Wolfe also plans to focus on such states as Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina and West Virginia to garner support from people elected as uncommitted or no-preference convention delegates.
His long-shot run started with 246 votes in New Hampshire, then 1,000 in Missouri.
His platform of tighter regulations on big banks and expanding the use of Medicare is considered to the left of Obama. And most of his success has come in states that voted against the president in 2008 – Louisiana in March with 17,804 votes, then Arkansas in May with 67,661 votes.
His surge also coincided with a slide by Obama across the South in which 20 percent of voters in North Carolina voted "no preference" instead of picking the president.
In the West Virginia primary, federal inmate Keith Judd got 41 percent of the vote. And 41 percent of Kentucky residents voted “uncommitted” instead of voting for the president.
Washington Republicans say the results show the president will have a tougher-than-expect time against GOP candidate Mitt Romney in the general election.
Wolfe says the Democratic National Party appears determined to give Obama an unobstructed path to the convention, which he thinks is the real reason – not paperwork problems – the Arkansas state party is withhold his delegates.
He has filed suit against the state party, is considering similar action in Louisiana and will be at the convention site, regardless, where he will try to put forth a platform based on the idea that America must fix its banking and health-care systems before moving forward.
“We'll be in North Carolina, at the door, whether they let us in or not,” Wolfe said.